Nebraska HC Mike Riley On The Huskers' Red-White Spring Game Format

Nebraska head coach Mike Riley explains the format for the Red-White game.


Lincoln, Neb.- The Nebraska football team practiced for approximately two hours on the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice fields on Thursday, the Huskers final practice before Saturday’s spring game. Offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf and head coach Mike Riley addressed the media afterwards.

"We're looking for consistency, that's the biggest thing," Langsdorf said on the offense's run game. "We've got some explosive plays this spring but we're definitely looking for the consistency." He also mentioned that he will decide how he is dividing the series between quarterbacks tomorrow.

When asked if there were any players to watch during the spring game, Langsdorf said "I think (Bryan) Reimers has looked really good. He's had a good spring, makes a ton of plays, and catches the ball well. Luke McNitt has played pretty well at fullback, Tanner Farmer has come a long way, (David) Knevel is getting some more work in there at tackle. There's been a handful of guys that you probably haven't heard much from that are looking pretty good."

When Riley addressed the media, he went through the layout of the upcoming Spring Game this Saturday.

"We're going to keep score, we're going to  divide the team just offense and defense. This is probably the simplest way to keep good depth as we substitute. We'll have a scoring system for the defense, we've got it formatted so the defense is going to be able to score based on stops or turnovers. We have a system we think will be fair. This way we can substitute very easily."

He also mentioned that while special teams will be incorporated, they will not play as usual, but instead in scripted scenarios. The game will be played in running time with 20 minute quarters.

"Offensively, it was not a good way to go into it. It did not look good to me today, it was not very sharp. I don't know necessarily why, because it hasn't looked like that to me this whole spring. It just wasn't as good as it has been today," Riley said about his concerns with the offense on Thursday.

"We're really looking for good procedure, good decisions by the quarterback, good assignment work by all faces of the game, good execution," Riley said when asked what he was looking for in the game. "Hopefully it'll be good give and take offensively and defensively."

More than 62,000 tickets have been sold for Saturday’s spring game. Tickets may still be purchased on-line at, and using the print-at-home option.  

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